Monitor Women’s List 2019: Nahid Zamir

by By Monitor Staff Nov/Dec 2019

Nahid Zamir

Senior Vice President, Front-End Operations, Business Capital, CIT

Certified Public Accountant

Member, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Complex challenges such as integrating new technologies and re-engineering business processes can keep even the most experienced executives awake at night. But Nahid Zamir, senior vice president of Front-End Operations for CIT’s Business Capital division, seeks out those challenges — and thrives on them.


“I’d like to imagine a future where we can address and overcome barriers to entering and advancing in our industry. People always seem to stumble into leasing; I believe that if more people understood the opportunities available, we’d have a much stronger pipeline of diverse candidates to nurture.”

“I like contributing ideas and guidance that both challenge and help the team to innovate, and I love driving transformation of processes that results in real improvement that the stakeholders can actually experience,” Zamir says. “I’m driven to find the solutions that work for everybody.”

In her role, Nahid has direct responsibility over all front-end operations teams for CIT’s Equipment Finance and Capital Equipment Finance business units, and also supports the business development and sales teams in achieving volume targets. Five Originations teams report to her and they are responsible for all aspects of the deal closing and relationship management.

In addition, Zamir plays a leading role in various strategic projects including the digital automation project. She works with various technology and business units to determine requirements, establish future design and coordinate aspects of the project through to implementation.

Somehow, she still finds time to contribute to the community as a board member for Homes First, a charitable organization providing housing for the homeless.

Zamir, a 24-year company veteran, attributes her attitude in part to her upbringing. As the daughter of a nuclear engineer, she traveled widely as a child and was put into new situations constantly. From having to evacuate Pakistan at the age of six to living in Argentina during the Falklands War, Nahid has lived through considerable turmoil. These formative experiences, she says, “made me a lot more resilient.”

“Nahid is the kind of inspirational leader that no business can ever get enough of. She projects an energy and can-do attitude that makes everyone around her perform better,” says Mike Jones, president, Business Capital, CIT. “She has an insatiable thirst for learning, and that ‘street-level’ know-how has been an invaluable asset to our organization as we pursue our digital transformation. When you’re working on a project like this — one that’s critical to the future of your entire business — you want someone like Nahid in a leadership position.”

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